★★★★ | by Emma Levett
Posted on Aug 7, 2021
The circumstances surrounding the death of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey are mysterious, but there’s one thing that renowned Detective Benoit Blanc knows for sure — everyone in the wildly dysfunctional Thrombey family is a suspect. Now, Blanc must sift through a web of lies and red herrings to uncover the truth.
It’s fair to say that overall in the lockdown/pandemic period, there hasn’t been a lot to choose from film-wise. Luckily for you, you won’t be scraping the bottom of the barrel with this one, this film was a clever watch.
The film starts with the death of Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) whilst celebrating his birthday. The plot centralises around the quirky character Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) who suspects foul play, even though Harlan had slit his own throat. Benoit had been hired anonymously, which only spurred him on more to find out what really happened by de-tangling truths and lies from members of the family, staff, and close friends.
Daniel Craig brings comedy, charisma, and uniqueness to the detective character. A type of performance I haven’t seen since ‘Logan Lucky’ (obviously a bit less mad!). I found myself getting nostalgic for the type of genre we seem to miss nowadays. The ‘who do you think did it?’ To your friends or partner while you’re watching the movie and the pure entertainment at the end where the mystery unravels, unfolds, and is ultimately solved in the craziest of ways.
Marta Cabrera (Ana De Armas) puts on a stunning performance, especially since the character had to be acted in a way that the audience could grow with her. In a sense that at moments she was the ultimate villain, and at times, the ultimate hero, which all came across as very apprehensive at the beginning, but loveable throughout. There are some huge names in this feature film and I won’t touch on the characters too much in the fear of spoiling the drama, but I thought this film would be more notable in the film world.
I’ve given this film 4 stars, but it’s very very close to a 5 star. The reason for the dropped star is the fact it’s not a film I could watch again and again, after finding out ‘who did it?’. But I suppose that’s the only downfall for this type of genre. An intriguing watch that I’d recommend to all film lovers.
“It’s a weird case from the start. A case with a hole in the center. A doughnut.” – Benoit Blanc